100 years ago: Ceremonial first interurban car crosses Kaw; regular service to be delayed

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 27, 1916:

  • “The first car of the Kansas City, Kaw Valley and Western railway crossed the bridge and came up to Sixth street last night. The opening was a very informal affair and was accompanied by little ceremony. No special arrangements were made, but the Lawrence people that happened to be near at the time enjoyed the impromptu celebration. No special car was run out of Kansas City for the purposes. The regular car came in from Kansas City at 8:30 and before starting the return trip the car came across the new temporary bridge and up to Sixth street…. The car turned around on this side of the river, backing into the car barn and then went back across the river and to Kansas City…. Regular service will be held up until the state public utilities commission gives its approval of the re-constructed bridge across the river. The work was entirely finished yesterday afternoon and the workmen moved all their belongings back to the north side of the river…. A slight interruption will possibly delay interurban service a short time even if the utilities commission should approve the bridge work at once. Some time last night a small landslide caused a short strip of track on Massachusetts street to be undermined. The slide occurred at a joint just a few feet from the south end of the bridge where the Missouri Valley Bridge company is digging a shaft for the south abutment of their new bridge. The shaft is close to the curbing on Massachusetts street and some time during the night part of the curbing and street fell away, leaving about half of the track for a distance of ten feet undermined. But the construction crew estimates that it will take only a few hours to fix this so that it will cause little delay in traffic.”
  • “Another buffet scene was put on in police court this morning. The activity of the officers last night was shown by the line of quart and half-pint bottles of whisky that made the desk of the judge resemble a refreshment counter in a wide open town. At one side was a barrel full of empties and at the other was a suitcase that had contained a large part of the booze. The suitcase was brought in on the interurban. A corkscrew and a can of corks completed the outfit. John Doe and Mary Roe, who were found together in a barn in the 800 block on New Jersey street with the barrel of empties, were assessed $25.50.”
  • “Ed Chance, who was being detained at the police station for a few days, made a break for liberty this morning and so far has not been located. He is known by the officers and has been in custody a number of times. It will be mighty hard for him to remain in town without being caught. No attempt will be made to trace him if he leaves town as the charge is a minor one.”
  • “Total shipments of Kaw valley potatoes to the Kansas City market had reached 687 cars according to the latest report yesterday. The grand total of potatoes received there from all sources was 853.4. The price remained from 60 to 65 cents per bushel by the load.”